Big Fish

Nick Mosby Addresses His Vision for Baltimore, His Wife’s Job, and Where He Takes His Daughters for Red Velvet Pancakes



Virtually every Baltimore politician was interviewed by a national TV reporter on the night of April 27 and the week that followed, but an exchange between City Councilman Nick Mosby and Fox News’ Leland Vittert managed to rise above the din. Standing on a West Baltimore street corner, Mosby put the rioting and looting that defined the night into context.

Weed Control: Meet Hannah Byron, Executive Director of the Maryland Cannabis (Don’t Call It Marijuana) Commission


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In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed Senate Bill 881 legalizing marijuana for medicinal use, and Maryland joined 22 other states across the country, scrambling to coordinate the myriad aspects of dispensing marijuana to eligible patients. It’s an enormous undertaking, like launching a giant startup. Nobody wants to get it wrong, but the logistics are complicated and the clock is ticking toward an expected date in mid to late 2016. Patients, doctors, growers, sellers, and bankers in Maryland are all waiting impatiently for answers to questions about how it’s going to affect them.

Meet Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City’s New Health Commissioner


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Last January, Dr. Leana S. Wen took the reins from Dr. Oxiris Barbot as Baltimore City Health Commissioner.  Being responsible for the health of the entire city seems like a gargantuan charge, especially for someone barely 30. But given Wen’s accomplishments to date—she entered college at 13, studied public health and health policy as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, served on an advisory commission to Congress regarding graduate medical education, worked as an attending physician in a busy emergency room, gave four popular TED and TEDMed talks, wrote a critically-acclaimed book When Doctor’s Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, to name a few—she’s probably up to the task.

Tony Foreman, People Person: Big Fish Q & A With Baltimore Restaurateur


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Tony Foreman has changed the face of Baltimore’s food scene. In 1995, when he moved back to Baltimore to open the restaurant Savannah (with his then wife, still business partner Cindy Wolf) the top restaurants in town were Tio Pepe and The Prime Rib — both of which had been around for nearly 30 years.

Since then, Foreman Wolf has opened six restaurants — Charleston, Petit Louis Bistro, Pazo, Cinghiale, and Johnny’s in Baltimore, and a second Petit Louis in Columbia – all of which they own. Along the way, they have churned out a few Baltimore food stars — Charm City Cakes’ Duff Goldman and Josh Hershkovitz of Hersh’s Pizza & Drinks to name a few — and countless trained waitstaff, raising the bar for Baltimore’s restaurants.

Popular Scientist: Johns Hopkins Neuroscientist David Linden Explains the Brain Science Behind Hand, Heart, and Mind


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Neuroscientist David Linden divides his time between a lab full of mice and post-doctoral students at the Johns Hopkins medical campus and a writing desk in his secret hideaway of a house, located on a wooded lane in a secluded part of North Baltimore. From there, he has produced three hugely successful books about the brain: “The Accidental Mind,” “The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good” and new this month, “Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart and Mind.”

Big Fish: Q & A With the Co-Founders of Planit, Baltimore’s Ad Agency for a New Age

BFFs: Matt Doud and Ed Callahan, co-founders of Planit

In November, 2014, Ad Age named Baltimore’s Planit one of the best places to work in advertising and media.  Planit is a strategic, digitally minded agency that leads campaigns for national and global clients. It is centered on the belief that its employees will have fun, work hard, and think big.  Unlike traditional agencies, Planit separates itself into three service groups – strategic, creative and client, all of which generate ideas to change and challenge the current marketplace through digital, non-digital PR and social media.  The company’s approach addresses the needs of a wide range of clients including McCormick Foods, DeWalt, Mally Beauty, NPR, Acura, and Under Armour.

Big Fish: Wes Moore on Leaving for College, Returning to Baltimore



With Wes Moore, biography only tells part of the story.

Big Fish: Get Smart About Chemicals with Baltimore’s Toxin Guru McKay Jenkins

Professor McKay Jenkins helps us answer the question: Are the toxins in everyday products healthy?


We’ve launched a year-long series, Beneath the Surface: What’s in Everyday Consumer Products.  Articles in this series will examine how prevalent synthetic chemicals are in everyday products, and the consequences of their use to our health and our environment.

The Beneath the Surface series was inspired by Professor McKay Jenkins’s book: What’s Gotten into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World.  After learning he had a tumor the size of an orange, McKay’s cancer scare led him to research and write this important book.  Based in Baltimore, McKay has authored numerous books, and he’s currently the Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware. Yes, he commutes to the campus and has for 18 years! 

Notice Change in Towson? Planning Director Shares What’s Ahead for the County’s Up-and-Coming Urban Hub


A-VanArsdaleOver 30 years ago, when Andrea Van Arsdale graduated from college with a degree in wildlife biology, she probably never expected to find herself responsible for overseeing major changes to densely populated (by humans) communities in Baltimore County, such as the current redevelopment of Towson—a series of projects backed by more than $800 million in private investment. But that’s precisely where the 50-something finds herself today.

Downtown Developer Toby Bozzuto’s Happiness Project: Building A Better Baltimore



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In 2013 Bozzuto Real Estate Development Group celebrated its 25th year, and simultaneously got a new president. Toby Bozzuto — son of Tom Bozzuto, who with his two partners built the firm into a multi-million dollar empire — took over the reins at the Bozzuto Group last year.

In the past three years, the Bozzuto Group has developed more than $1.5 billion worth of new projects and Toby has overseen the development of some of Baltimore’s largest and most successful buildings: Spinnaker Bay in Harbor East (in partnership with H&S Properties), the Union Wharf in Fells Point, the Fitzgerald in mid-town, as well as Towson Green, the Uplands and general contracting for the Rotunda redevelopment in Hampden. Again with Bill and John Paterakis’s H&S Properties, he is planning a much heralded 291-unit residential project on Lancaster Street in Harbor East (photo below), which he recently told the Baltimore Business Journal will be “absolutely stunning,” “one of the most beautiful projects we’ve ever been a part of.” Currently Bozzuto is about to break ground on Anthem House in Locust Point, a 275-unit building with 16,000 feet of retail space, all centered on the idea of healthy living – a joint venture with former Under Armour exec Scott Plank and Solstice Partners.

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For a guy who never planned to go into real estate (his original career path was the music business) Toby Bozzuto has been a remarkable success. This year alone he was named Developer of the Year by the Maryland Building Industry Association for “excellence in development design and quality,” and named among Maryland Daily Record’s “Most Influential Marylanders.” He regularly lectures at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He spends a lot of time thinking about creative design and the importance of place, ideas that are reflected in the Bozzuto Group’s most successful projects. And he is a vocal advocate of our new “design-centric culture,” in which issues of authenticity and individuality are key to building what the millennial customer is looking for.

In a speech two years ago at Gilman School (Class of ’92), where he went to high school (and played in a band), Bozzuto spoke to upper school students about his career path. He reflected on the battle cry of Native American chief Crazy Horse at Little Big Horn, “today is a good day to die!” — explaining that, for him, this means that you do as much as you can, every day, to make the world a better place. Baltimore Fishbowl spoke to Mr. Bozzuto to ask how that works in the development world.